Release Date: 07 April 2014
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|RATKING SO IT GOES Limited Vinyl 2LP Set + Download
· ‘So It Goes’ is the debut album on XL imprint Hot Charity from arsonists Ratking - aka Wiki and Hak - and producer Sporting Life.
· You can’t understand how a city should sound, if you don’t understand how it feels. And you can hear it in Wiki’s caustic sneer, “20 degrees outside. Toasted.” It’s not
something you can absorb in several months or years. Poisons need time to seep into your pulse. Vital cities and vital artists are always in a state of flux. And so Ratking are self-described mutts: what would happen if you crossed Diplomatic Immunity with Merriweather Post Pavilion.
· “New York is my planet,” says Wiki, 20, who grew up on the Upper Westside. “But it’s the New York of today. I’m not trying to glamorize some old f*cked up NYC.”
· Wiki met uptown-raised Hak, now 19, when they were both in the 2nd Grade. They’ve been friends and conspirators ever since. Sporting Life, 32, hails from Virginia but has been in the city since 2005. Eventually they all met at a rap show and soon started serious collaboration.
· The sound isn’t the boom-bap and outmoded slang of ‘95. The circumstances have changed but the melting pot mentality and cold-blooded scepticism remain. You can hear the Krylon color and syllable-avalanche of Big Punisher and Cam’ron, but it’s an entirely fresh twist. As Wiki spits on ‘Protein’, “this ain’t 90s revival / it’s earlier / it’s
· It’s returning to the essence. Don’t twist it into carbon-copy kids thinking they can pick up an MPC and re-create the Fat Beats era. This is rap as smashing atoms not trying to replicate Main Source. So grime and jungle and No Wave are twisted into the Swisher. The feel is dirt under your fingernails, turnstile-hopping anarchy. You don’t have to bomb trains to still bomb the system.
· Shortly after the release of their 2012 ‘Wiki93’ EP, the New York Times hailed them as “Clever, sardonic and intense... a product of the city - not just the physical streets, but also a frame of mind and a set of experiences.” The Fader raved that Wiki’s flow is as “…nasty as his broken tooth.” Complex said that ‘So It Goes’ ‘Canal’ is “The
perfect blend of old school sensibility with modern energy.”
· The experiments of ‘So It Goes’ were recorded between DJ Dog Dick’s studio in Greenpoint and Just Blaze’s Stadium Red. Young Guru, famed for his work with Jay Z, engineered it. King Krule, Wavy Spice, and Salomon Faye pop up to trade bars and hooks.
· It’s the feeling of spitting on pedestrians from a 20-story building or the raspy stoned neon chaos of late nights and early mornings in the city. A similar punk-rap f*ck-the world ethos of The Beastie Boys and Biggie or the post-punk funk of Television and Suicide. “We’re trying to take the music we love and push it forward. That’s the only way you can make it iller. You can’t just use the same equation,” Wiki says. “We’re trying to take that intensity of the past greats and spit it back in an entirely different formation.”
· Double LP features poster, oversticker and digital download code.
3. Snow Beach
4. So Sick Stories (Feat. King Krule)
5. Remove Ya
7. So It Goes
8. Puerto Rican Judo (Feat. Wavy Spice)
10. Bug Fights
11. Take (Feat. Solomon Faye)